Unconditional (Masters and Mercenaries: Sanctum Nights #2)

Unconditional (Masters and Mercenaries: Sanctum Nights #2)

by Lexi Blake

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Overview

A curious woman

Ashley Paxon understands responsibility. After her fiancé left her alone and pregnant, she forged a new life for herself and her daughter. Moving to Dallas, she went back to school and found a job at a club called Sanctum. As one of the BDSM club's waitresses, she watches the Doms and their submissives every night. She yearns to explore their lifestyle of discipline and power exchange, but she knows she wouldn't belong.

A wounded man

Keith Langston believes in living in the moment. Haunted by the past, he moves from one casual relationship to the next and never looks back. But the moment he lays eyes on Ashley, something primal and possessive takes over. He can't stop thinking about her and yet he knows he can't offer her what she needs. Having her seems impossible until Sanctum's owner, the mysterious Ian Taggart, makes him an offer he can't refuse.

The perfect contract

Offered the chance to train Ashley and initiate her into the D/s lifestyle, Keith is delighted to accept. Under the guidelines of a carefully crafted contract, they lose themselves in the pleasures and intimacies of being Master and submissive. But when Ashley and her daughter are threatened, Keith realizes she needs much more than a part-time Dom. To protect her, he will have to break through the barriers of their contract and finally face the demons haunting his heart.

A Masters and Mercenaries Novella

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148112723
Publisher: DLZ Entertainment LLC
Publication date: 01/28/2014
Series: Masters and Mercenaries Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 31,856
File size: 319 KB

About the Author

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn't until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.

Her first novel, Their Virgin Captive: Masters of Ménage, Book 1, was a collaboration with New York Times bestselling author Shayla Black. There are four more books available in the series: Their Virgin's Secret, Their Virgin Concubine, Their Virgin Princess and Their Virgin Hostage. The next book in the series, Their Virgin Secretary, is coming this April.

In addition to the Masters of Ménage series, she is the author of the Masters and Mercenaries series. The first five novels, The Dom Who Loved Me, The Men with the Golden Cuffs, A Dom is Forever, On Her Master's Secret Service, and Love and Let Die are available now, along with a novella titled Sanctum. The sixth novel, Dungeon Royale, is coming in February of 2014 along with two new novellas, Unconditional, releasing in January of 2014 and Dungeon Games, coming in May of 2014.

In 2013, Lexi also began releasing her urban fantasy series, Thieves. The first three books, Steal the Light, Steal the Day, and Steal the Moon are available now on B&N. Book 4 in the series, Steal the Sun, is coming in March of 2014.

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Unconditional (Masters and Mercenaries Series Novella) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun. Sexy and romantic. Keith and Ashley are very solid characters. You'll care about them and keep the pages turning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Sexy and romantic with very solid characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novella was long enough to make me cry, laugh, and fall toally in love with Keith. Being a mom I can relate to Ashley! I can't want for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Sexy and funny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has explicit bdsm scenes. The series has great humor and interaction between the characters. Love how the characters show up in other books.
KDRBCK More than 1 year ago
Unconditional by Lexi Blake is book 5.5 in the Masters and Mercenaries world. Ashley Paxon is a single mom with a rough past. She lives with her sister and brother-in-law, works as waitress at Sanctum and cares for her daughter. She goes to college and that about all her social life. When Ian Taggart wants her to be sub for a limited time, she wants to refuse, but the temptation and curiosity are stronger than her fear. Keith is a very wealthy man. He´s a investor and makes billions. He´s new in Dallas and wants to attend Sanctum, Ian Taggart´s BDSM club. To receive Master rights at Sanctum he has to train a submissive, Ashley. Ashley and Keith have issues and Keith has demons. But both have this crazy insta chemistry. They could be so good together and everyone around them knows it, the only blind ones are Ashley and Keith. When Ashley and her daughter are threatened by her past, Keith jumps in and keeps them safe. He´s the knight in shining armor. Now they could have their HEA, but Keith is stubborn. He breaks up with her and is miserable, what else. Ashley doesn´t give up and fights for her HEA. Go Girl !! I can´t say how much I love Laex Blake´s Masters and Mercenaries world. Every time a new book releases I´m giddy with high expectations. And Unconditional doesn´t dissapoint. The story is great, I could easily connect with the characters and the writing is excellent. I loved meeting characters from previous books ( winks to Serena and Adam ). And now I can´t wait to read the next installment, Dungeon Royale.
Rubys_books More than 1 year ago
This was probably the sweetest story I've read so far in this series. Ashley is Jill Paxon's little sister and Keith is Ryan's best friend, from the Sanctum novella. I was very happy to see both Ashley and Keith get their HEA, for different reasons. Ashley is the younger sister of Jill Paxon, she's a single mother just trying to get a degree and provide a better life for her sister. I liked Ashley from the first moment she was introduced, in Sanctum, and I liked her even more in this story. She's brave, strong, determined, and a good mother. Reading her story, I admired her a lot. She's one of those women I just love reading about, and if there's one character that needed to get a happy ending, she is the one. Keith is the man that Jill was supposed to end up with when Ryan decided to release Jill from his care. I had a soft spot for Keith ever since learning what he did for Jill. He's a pretty stand up kind of guy, an honest, generous man that, as I learned in Unconditional, has a pretty sad past. Keith has a secret that he doesn't want anyone to know about, because he thinks it makes him seem like he's not the best guy out there. It's not anything dark or criminal, but it's something that he sees as damaging and like it almost taints him. I was really sad for him, and I am so happy Ashley helped him come to terms with what happened. As always, Blake manages to show important layers in a relationship so complex as the one between a Dominant and his/her submissive. In this case we see Keith, the dominant, be vulnerable in a way we usually see reserved for subs. I liked that a lot, just like I loved seeing Ashley being the strong one during those scenes. Not that Keith was weak, but Ashley helped him see things from a very different perspective even while she, too, was hurting from some things that were going on in her life. I loved how Blake did that. All in all, I loved this story a lot and I am so excited to see what happens next in the series, while also waiting for the next book in the series and possibly learning more about the so-called "lost boys".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WOW! Great story, it was romantic, had great characters and was funny. Love this series
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I love this series! This was a quick read but was very steamy as well. Look forward to the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely luved it....a must read
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read thousands of books (no lie) and love quite a few series, but never felt compelled to write a review. I should be getting me lil one ready for school right now, but needed to write this first. This is the BEST novella I've ever read! The characters feel real, the issues are real, the hurt is real, the love and patience is real, and the impact a child can have on your life is real! I love and appreciate so much that the struggle for Keith was a process and it was reflected in the writing. This book wasn't really about sex (although there were some hot and heavy scenes), this book was about growth. And growth takes a while... although some will consider the book short, I didn't feel slighted, and it didn't feel rushed. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.... I will need a "where are they now" follow up though...ijs...:-)
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I was worried about this being a novella. This is the best novella I have ever read. I absolutely loved the ending. I re-read it since i enjoyed it so much. I am faithful to the series and have read every one. I can't wait for the next. This is one of the few series I have stuck with. Lexie blake is an awesome writer.
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I love this whole series. Great stories
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GirlyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
As always Lexi Blake leaves me smiling from ear to ear. This was such a sweet, heartfelt and sexy hot read. I couldn't get enough. I love how alpha and loving the males in the series are. I couldn't put any of the books in the Masters and Mercenaries series down and this was the same. Keith and Ashley's story will touch your heart. Ashley feels alone in this world. She is a single mom raising a toddler and doing her best to stay ahead. Keith, her Dom is running from a tragic event in his past and feels like he is too damaged to be what Ashley's needs. He has shown her a new world and she is finding herself in his arms. Now she needs to show him that he can have all he has ever wanted and he can have it with her if he will just let go of the past. Don't miss out on this amazing novella!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lexi Blake makes a novella worth reading. Keith and Ashley are human in the best way. Unconditional love and emotion are given freely with newly discovered strength. A job very well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story. The flaws in the characters only make you like them more. No one is perfect and Lexi Blake is very good at showing that people love and are loved in spite of, and maybe a little because of, those flaws.
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